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I Restored This $5 Junk Nintendo Wii - Console Restoration & Repair
- Published on Dec 30, 2022 veröffentlicht
- I bought this Nintendo Wii as part of a bigger lot 10 Wii's for $50 to restore and repair them. It's however not working. It turns on but nothing shows up on the screen and the disc drive makes a horrible noise.
First I disassembled the console. I found the Wii had taken some sort of a hit and the leg of the disc drive had broken. I also found the WiFi module had become loose and was causing the issue with no signal. Wii need both WiFi and Bluetooth module connected to start properly. After connecting the module I was able to test the console properly. The port for the sensor bar had some dirt that blocked good connection causing the sensor bar not to work. I cleaned the port to fix that. To fix the noise of the disc drive I had to bent some of the metal parts on the drive. When the console gets old the parts tend to bend due to use and they start to get make such noises due to vibrations from the disc spinning.
Some of the plastic parts of the console were a bit yellowed. I removed the yellowing with a method called retrobrighting. Here's my tutorial for that: • How to remove yel...
And tutorial to build the box: • Making the Ultima...
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Comments • 2 426
Thank you for not using any annoying background music and sharing all those wonderful sounds... so relaxing!!
*Omfg - Hello intensifies*
@Tre!den lmao fr
I think that's the concept for his videos. ;)
If i am being honest the „turi ip ip ip“ music would kinda Go hard ngl
if you enjoy asmr there’s something you should look for and is called help
It's funny how, despite how filthy and beat up it was, there was actually very little wrong with it. Just a thorough cleaning and a few tweaks and it's as good as new. Amazing! (And yes, I feel very old knowing the Wii's age.)
Yeah the Wii is build like a tank. Tbh all old consoles kinda are...My N64 runs like new.
it's just that we don't get a lot of information on how to do these things with our consoles, until we do them ourselves.
@Maximilian Brem to be fair, modern home consoles are also durable - my Xbox Series S literally feels like a brick and I am not sure what I would have to do for it to break. But even if it's a bit dusty I don't get how people still can make them super grimy in just like 2 years. That's considering that I have spilled tea over my controller and after some cleaning it works like new.
I would be more careful with things like Steamdeck and Switch but from my experience they are also not that easy to break unless you're really unlucky or trying to do so on purpose.
@Maximilian Brem the Wii U and 3DS are where things started to become fragile
I have deep appreciation for people who can perform repairs on these classics. It's nice to see them have a second wind instead of being thrown out. Limited number of these nowadays.
I might own half I got 5 in my closet rn I ain’t joking lol
@Ryan fullerit’s stupid but it’s true lol
The Wii sold over 100 million units worldwide, limited number my ass.
@F M You've got to think of how many were destroyed, damaged or stopped working.
It always fascinates me as you open the consoles to think that these are screws and parts etc that haven’t seen the light of day or touched by anyone in over a decade. It’s almost like a time capsule
he has the video of unscrewing it so he can look it up 😅
$5 just turned into $150 if he throws in a few games, and assuming he had the rest of the other products to help clean it already before purchasing it, it was a pretty good restoration 🔥
In what world? The consoles struggle to go for much over 30 and most games don't have a whole lot of value
So you're telling me that a Wii have the same price as a ps4 ? Lmao
@HUSSIEN me living in a country where PS4 costs 500 dollars (2x minimum wage) 🤡
@Micael Muniz ps4 costs 500$ ? Damn where do live ?
It's mind-blowing to see you restore a console that another person might see as e-waste.
Which is insane since the wii is still a fun system lol.
Yeah but it costs more to get replacement parts than to get a new wii
@Flavixツ not really, this guy didn’t replace anything at all
@MaskedChaos Nothing but the top covers.
The moment you touched the plate on the drive and that awful noise stopped was a priceless relief from that awful sound.
I remember buying my Wii on launch day. It was the only system I ever bought at launch and it was a bit of a fluke. A few months before I was trading in some games and they had one pre-order left as somebody in front of me just cancelled. My Army buddy encouraged me to get the pre-order.
I went with him to pick it up on launch day in November 2006. We were in those long, long line at the Fayetteville, NC mall and a dude with a clip board stepped out and called 5-6 names including mine. People were furious at us for some reason and one or two kids were weeping.
I took that Wii with me to Iraq when I deployed. I didn't have much downtime, but Super Mario Galaxy and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn kept me company.
Yooo those are two of the BEST games on the system. I played them alllll throughout my childhood. Radiant dawn is still the best fire emblem in my opinion
Thank you for your service in the mushroom kingdom army
Nintendo games and war seem to just go together. I recall that one US soldier's Gameboy that survived a bombing in the Gulf War.
This is awesome right here
i feel bad when they got furious at you
look, you did nothing to even deserve the hate because you pre-ordered, perhaps they were just jealous you're able to get it first even though you bought it before it released
There's something utterly soothing about your videos. No music, just the process and an extremely talented technician. You found a perfect combo, your videos are an addiction.
Someone tell DKOldies that this is how refurbishing a console is done properly
Better take notes grampoldies
They are scammers.
I think one of the most interesting things is learning how the sensors worked. I always thought it was the reverse, with the light coming from the remote. That's so cool!
Also I like that you reused the old worn rubber bits, it's like leaving a little reminder that this machine has been through a lot of appreciation even if it looks and works like it's brand new, it adds character
I remember when I cleaned the dust off my old Wii and powered it on for the first time in years. It's like opening a chest of memories
I still use mine weekly
Yeah I used to play Wii a lot too. Memories.
I got my perfectly cared for, Limited Edition, 25th Super Mario Brothers console on eBay for 153 bucks! Worth every dime!
Wish mine still worked. It's not reading the discs. Any suggestions?
@Lag1914 you should try modding the wii so you can run games off of a usb drive instead of the disks. You can’t dump games to the usb drive without the wii disk drive working though so you’ll have to obtain the disk images from semi-reputable sources. Hardware-wise I’m not sure what’s wrong with the drive, does it make noise, is it dead, or does it just not make noise for whatever game you put in?
What a great video! You've managed to save what would have been considered trash and made it a fully functional console that looks good as new. It's one of my favorites of all time, I still use mine to this day.
I love your console restoration videos. I reference and save your videos constantly and use them as a sort of study material and follow along guide before and during any projects I'm curious about trying.
Your attention to detail and excellent close up shots make it easy to take apart some of the more challenging consoles. Love your work Odd.
I appreciate the variety of things you restore, and as a gaming collector these videos in particular are always a treat. There's an aura of professionalism that you capture well.
i really enjoy watching you fix old gaming consoles like this. they basically function like new when you're done with them! awesome work
Restores a badly worn Wii, chooses an OG Wii game, AND gives us gameplay?!
10/10 video. So much nostalgia
I've always wondered what a Wii looks like inside.
I bet that Nintendo supports the screw industry, too.
I love how gently you are to your projects.
A magic ritual on the channel? I am in!
Nice that you got a working game too xD
The screw industry is built on Nintendo
How many screws do we need?
I did this comment first
I remember fixing a family's Wii. Had to keep an A5 paper covered with drawings and double sided tape to keep track of all the screws. It's a nightmare to take apart.
That's pretty much every gaming console in a nutshell
That is some miracle work right there, my man. Well done! So shiny, and it even runs quiet!
Not much in the world is done with this level of care and dedication anymore, and I respect it!
Hey, genuine question... What does one need to do/learn to be able to do things like this as a personal hobby? I don't mean posting videos, I mean fixing items for yourself. I love watching your videos largely because it seems like magic that you can fix so many things. What do you recommend for someone who really wants to learn these skills?
As a Wii lover this was wonderful to see 😭❤️
I do have mine since 2008 and still works perfectly, but never gave it any maintenance, I think you encouraged me to give it at least a clean inside and outside
The work you do is absolutely incredible. Keep it up!
It's impressive how it went from junk to newly buyed. Nice job!
A lot of great memories with the Wii! I’m glad to see you finally fix one!
Yeah me to, and that’s gives me the best childhood memories and moments since I was a kid!
Have you played with a switch?
@Jaybird Yup, I have had one since 2018! It’s a really awesome console, but I wish there was more memory and less joycon drift
@Mashed May I'm considering buying one. I'm mostly interested in the retro games available in the store. Do you have a recommendation for a switch compatible "Xbox style" controller?
@Jaybird buy a steam deck and use emulators. Best buy you will make this year.
Bless this little guy. I had many hundreds of hours put on my wii, and I treasured every moment.
I love that repair /refurbish videos. You did a great job. Thanks for that. The Wii looks brand new. And it is awesome to see the Ducktor again.
As brand as new! A true masterpiece of a renovation
7:19 Nice touch on using runes .. Loved that one too on top of great restoration ❤
Aaah, the Nintendo Wii, I love that console, I have one myself, it's extremely old by now but it still works like a charm, the trooper sounds like a jet engine preparing for take off but other than that it still works without a hitch even after all these years, what a baller of a system.
You should home brew it and revisit it. The community is still active. You can play online with third party servers. The fact that the community is still active after 16 years is truly a testament to how great the wii is
@Hadi Najjar I've homebrewed my original machine! I didn't realize it was still active. TELL ME MORE!
@Dan Ramos you can still play Mario kart wii online. You can also still reconnect to everybody votes and all the rest of the online stuff. There are loads of tutorials on yt. Also you can emulate almost everything from before the wii. Also, now that the wii shop is down, with home brew you can access the decent library of wii ware including virtual console games. Right now I’m playing paper Mario which was released on the n64.
My Wii hasn’t held up to today. The disk laser is dirty, the Wii sometimes lags, it’s practically useless now.
@C.J Productions Easy stuff to fix and clean. Don't want to try?
Thanks for this video!🥰
Finally I can try to fix mine 🔥♥️
Great Work! 💪
I hope you keep buying and repairing, and definately upload more frequently, love your videos, happy new year 🎉
This channel actually helped me to clean my old PC. Just spending time watching the detail and noting the supplies used made it a lot easier to thoroughly get all the dust, residue, and any gunk off the components and actually helped me to isolate a faulty component for replacement. It’s amazing how much a soft bristle toothbrush and isopropyl alcohol can clean.
I miss these game restoration videos. So good 🙏🏽
Amazing restoration! The only other thing is that the caps by the video out connector might need replacing at some point - the video output looks rather dark on boot. MattKC did a video on a wii with a similar problem. Other than that, glad to see another wii saved from the landfill ^^
I noticed that too, but it wasn't nearly as bad a MattKC's Wii
Just yesterday I was thinking “wonder when Odd will get his masterful hands on a Wii?” And look where we are!
I was waiting for the Wii & the DS. My dreams have come true!
I actually asked for a nintendo wii restoration video
Now we wait for something like a PS3
It will be great if Odd can fix a PS3 with the light of the dead I guess is call that. He fixed a 360 in the same conditions. Hope he can does it soon. Happy new year to Odd and everyone.
@Cim_Cosmic89 I think he already did one🤔
Amazing how even the sound of the disk eject and accept mechanism brings back such strong memories.
This is genuinely interesting to me. While I would probably lose all the screws due to my clumsiness, I still love learning about how my favorite things work. Seeing this make me appreciate my Wii even more!
No signal lg
WOW! Thanks for sharing. I can’t do any of this and I am barely functional, but it is nice to watch you do your thing. 😊
Amazing! Such a beautiful console… ❤
They are a LOT more complexe than I expected on the inside. Really cool. I had a lot of fun with mine back in the days.
OddTinkering, I just want to say you inspired me to take up console repair as a hobby. So far I’ve modded my GBA, fixed up my decrepit GameCube controller, cleaned out my PS4 controllers and replaced the thermal paste on my PS4. Just today I managed to replace the internal battery on my Pokemon Emerald cartridge. So I just want to say, thanks for making such awesome videos and I hope you continue the awesome work in 2023 and beyond.
Happy new year! 🥳
I'm just so impressed and lacking words to express how amazing this is. Great job!
I love this channel. Relaxing time while I’m working.
its so satisfying watching your repairs
I still have my Wii and it stills works very well. It's just crazy how I've had mine for over 15 years and still works great
It is always a good day when Odd Tinkering uploads.
Your videos are so inspiring, I love the transformation and the level of detail that goes into your repairs and cleaning. Not to mention it’s silent and very enjoyable to watch, as someone who loves taking apart tech and seeing the way they work.
Thanks for all your work! Love watching these videos.
I love your videos so much!!! Thank you for making them!! Keep up the good work!
The Wii has always been my favorite, it is so good that you fixed this one. It's sad to think that once these stop working, they get junked.
Great restoration man! I couldn’t help but notice however that the image looked a little dark. Apparently the noise filter caps of the video controller might have gone bad. MattKC has a great video on his 1 dollar Japanese Wii where he fixes it by replacing those capacitors. Then again it could be just me thinking it looks dark but it certainly may be something to look into. Again love ur videos man keep up the great work!
I love these videos so much. Keep up the great work! As for the Wii....SMH, what do people do with their things? Even as a kid I took very good care of my systems. Most of my toys were kept in good condition too.
i love the wii and im glad to see odd tinkering do a restoration of it! lowkey motivates me to see whats been going on with my wii that i bought online over quarantine,, awesome work as always, odd tinkering, and happy new year!! :3
I also bought a nintendo over quarantine
I wonder what's going on with mine that I've had since launch.
I really need to open up my Xbox and pull out any busted capacitors, but I'm too chicken to touch such a fragile, old machine.
Great channel. No silly music that we have to endure.
8:54 I'm glad I saw this video. I didn't know that. Now i'll be extra careful.
Again another great restoration.
17:54 Oh boy, time to reinstall all 10,000 screws.
It's nice when you fix some old console. Thank you for the amazing videos.
Unbelievable work!!! I wish I knew 5% of what you know lol. Great job
Odd Tinkering closing 2022 with another great restoration! Thank you for the awesome videos and a happy 2023!
Thank you for the lack of music and the clear mechanical noises. This is very relaxing to watch and also a great restoration!! Congrats!!!!
Thank you for your videos, it’s really inspiring and relaxing 🤩🥰
I used to watch your videos a long time ago and I always wanted to see a restoration for a wii!
i get unreasonabley happy when i see you pull out the retrobrighting machine. im always very "WOOOO YEAA!!!" to see it in action.
you've inspired me to take the 10 dollar junk xbox i found in a thrift shop home to try and repair it. i love your vids i hope i can get it to work :D
Good luck! Odd inspired me to get into it too, though I'm still fairly novice, most of my work has just been in disassembling and cleaning, though I've done some hardware mods too. Just a tip for the OG Xbox, there is a capacitor in there that takes care of the internal clock and it was prone to failing, it would blow and end up leaking over the board, causing it to fry. If it seems totally kaput, check to see if that happened, and if it has not, might be a good idea to replace it with a new capacitor, or just remove it as a preventative measure.
@Greed26 That’s some great advice. The capacitors of my Xbox exploded and fully fried my Xbox
This kind of stuff may or may not have influenced my decision to fix my DS lite and its button problems today and yesterday
@Spin did you get it working? You should check out (if you haven't heard of it) the gameboy macro mod that people do to broken DS lites. I did one myself, was a bit of a pain for a newbie but I loved the end result.
@Greed26 oh yeah, I got it functional again. All I need is a charger and I’m set. Might want to replace the screens sometime too
You are the guy I want working on any refurbished tech I buy
You are the BEST RESTORE CHANNEL on Clip-Share! Love your content, and Happy New Year!
I was not expecting to be hit with the biggest wave of nostalgia when hearing the noises the Wii makes when inserting/ejecting a disc.
What always gets me is how he can remember where every screw originally went. I get lost after 10
I love your videos. They're so informative and have humor sprinkled throughout. The retrobrighting process never ceases to amaze me. So satisfying to see the results at the end!
The Wii was such an underrated console. They were way to ahead of their time. the generation wasnt ready for it.
This channel has become my go to for learning the intricacies of electronics, as well as learning how to restore items.
What polish did you use to reduce the scratches on the outside? I do a lot of plastic polishing and I'd love to know what that stuff was.
Sorry about late answer, but the product seems to be: 'flexipads high cut liquid shine'. Can be found here in Finland from most stores that sell automotive products, such as Motonet, Puuilo and others.
This was so satisfying to watch, I can't wait to see you restore the controllers.
This was literally my childhood. I miss those days playing with my family on Mario kart wii. So much great memories I made playing on that.
the opening of the case at 0:50 was so smooth, my lord
An ice tray?!?! I've been refurbishing consoles for years and that idea never crossed my mind. How did I never think of that. Genius!
It's really nice seeing this Wii getting restored considering it is the first console I ever had so I hold a lot of nostalgia for it, love your vids btw
I never knew how many little hidden screws a Wii has until now, neat!
small question! Do you reuse the hydrogen peroxide that you use for when you get rid of the yellowing on plastic? Or is it not reusable?
also thanks for leaving in all the little sounds, they are very therapeutic to me :D
Love the video man I can't believe how well you refurbished that wii so good job on that. Although I noticed the noise filtering capacitors that are responsible for the video output are starting to go bad so you might want to replace them soon but not for a while since they still have some functionality left.
Respect maah authoritaaaaah
I got mine in 2010 and still have it intact and working wonderfully( though it took immense care), i love playing the resort games every few months !
this is a comment to everyone who got their wiis broken and wanted a miracle to happen so they could fix it like this guy. you’re not alone.
Your retrobright tutorial could not have arrived at a better time, I've been thinking about this for a while!
Props for getting those cover on top 👌🏻🔥 worked out nice
The Wii was my first console, it brings me so much joy to see this one restored. Amazing work!
i still have mine and it's in perfect condition! still works perfectly!!
Incredible restoration as usual. Your experience and expertise is fascinating to watch!
That’s amazing that you were able to restore the Wii, and I subscribed you.
Watching this reminds me of the old times when i had 6 years, it was my second console to have and enjoy it trough its livespam.
Thanks for this restoration and happy 2023!
what do you use for the scratches? i love your channel man ❤
My house was full of smokers and I'm hoping all that's needed to get it going again is a good cleaning to the optical reader. Thank you for the tutorial. I'll be using it soon. :-)
Loved the ending, such a classic game.
Muito top 👍
Great job ! This is just what I was searching for. Thanks for posting this. What type of air compressor are you using. Mine is too powerful even with a regulator. Thanks again. You gained a new sub.
Brings back memories to anyone who play on the Nintendo Wii!
i just emulate the wii now ,much better in 4k
Still play on my Wii from time to time and I emulate my games on Retroarch. Love both playing on beefier hardware and on the original hardware!
My family's owned a wii for over 10 years now and it's still functional, I still play on it every once in a while with my siblings :)
@Raptstar have u at least softmodded it so u can play games from a hdd ?
@girlsdrinkfeck Yeah of course
Great cleanup and restoration!
Great cleaning vid, grab an sd card and now it is ready for softmodding! The OG Wii is the best console for all nintendo's catalogue IMO. Many systems supported, highly recommend even for beginners! Very easy to get started.
This was a really nice restoration video, it's so interesting seeing the mechanics inside and finding out how it works and what manages what. I hope you don't mind me asking a question?
Would you happen to know what causes a Wii to read some discs but not others? Is it a problem with the Wii or the disc itself? I'm way too scared to disassemble my Wii for fear of breaking it, but I was wondering if you might be able to help?
Hey,i noticed at 6:58 the screen of the wii was very dark but it brightened after a while,this is an indication that theres a problem with the capacitor(s) that are responsible for powering the wii's composite output,it is quite a difficult fix to do as they are surface mounted capacitors but if you can do it,it would solve that issue for you! :)
MattKC has his own video out about his experience replacing them if you want to check it out
I was 7 when the Wii came out. They were so cool and still are! It looks brand new now!
I was 3 years old when it came out
I was 4 when it came out lol
I was 2, such a baby. Probably why I never had one, I jumped straight onto the DS lite lol